Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.
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A benefit for Hastings High School graduate Zach Shaleen is planned for 1-5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Coliseum Sports Bar, 1840 Vermillion St., Hastings. The benefit will include live music, with a special appearance by Ogers and Friends. There will be food, a silent auction, door prizes and a meat raffle. Cost is $10. Financial donations are being accepted at any of the six Vermillion State Bank locations; make checks payable to “Zach Shaleen Benefit.”
Fire officials said a duplex was a total loss after a late-night blaze ripped through the two-story property in Hastings.
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This Old Horse invites the public to their next open house on Saturday, June 17, for the annual Release the Beasts day as the horses move from their winter dry lots to pastures of green grass for the summer. Be there at 10 a.m. to witness horses thunder down the lane and turn the corner into their summer grazing pastures. The open house is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with tours and a chance to see some of the retired, rescued and recovering horses that now call Wishbone Ranch their home. The Tack Shop will also be open with items to purchase, which supports the horses.
A 6-year-old girl died of an apparent drowning June 4 at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, authorities said.
Kenneth Nelson was awarded the Outstanding EMS Action by a Citizen Award. The award honors a private citizen in Dakota County for a lifesaving act in which quick thinking, fast action and heroism were demonstrated. The award was presented by the Dakota County EMS Council and nominated by Hastings firefighter/paramedic Ryan McGraw.
The Minnesota Boychoir will present a concert at St. Philip's Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20. The choir performs sacred and secular music in a variety of styles, representing many cultures and languages. Tickets ($10) will be available at the door. For more information, call 651-437-6541 or visiting www.splchastings.org . St. Philip's Lutheran Church is at 1401 15th St. W., Hastings.
The United Way of Hastings (UWH) offers a new way to give and benefit the community — Donate It to a Good Cause at the Donation Zone. Donate a car, truck, boat or other power equipment to a good cause at United Way Hastings and receive a tax donation.
An Eagan motorcyclist was killed in a head-on crash early Saturday on Highway 61 in Denmark Township. Joe Neal Hansmeier, 43, was driving a Harley Davidson in a southbound lane of Highway 61 north of the Hastings bridge when he collided with a northbound Kia OLX driven by Rachel Marie Dickson, 22, of Cottage Grove, according to the State Patrol. The crash happened shortly before 1 a.m.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed during his State of the State speech Monday night, Jan. 23, getting up and walking away a few minutes later. It was not immediately clear what happened to him. When he got up, he waved and walked to a back room. The governor was more than 40 minutes into his annual speech in front of a joint meeting of the House and Senate when he simply fell to the floor. in front a packed state House chamber.